Definition of pastoral letter in English:

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pastoral letter

Pronunciation: /ˈpastərəl/ Pronunciation: /pasˈtôrəl ˈledər/


An official letter from a bishop to all the clergy or members of his or her diocese.
Example sentences
  • A historical and theological analysis beginning with Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum in 1891 and going through this pontificate, with special attention to the pastoral letters of the U.S. bishops.
  • Without further qualification, his position will guarantee that the bishops' pastoral letters will not move hearts and minds.
  • I felt right at home, for example, with the U.S. bishops' pastoral letters on the economy, nuclear arms, and capital punishment.

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Syllabification: pas·to·ral let·ter

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